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Israel expands arrests in search for missing teens

The arrests brought the total number of Palestinians detained since the kidnapping to over 200, most of them Hamas activists.

Israeli soldiers patrol during a military operation to search for three missing teenagers outside the West Bank city of Hebron. (AP) Israeli soldiers patrol during a military operation to search for three missing teenagers outside the West Bank city of Hebron. (AP)

Israel’s army says it has arrested 40 more Palestinians in the West Bank, expanding searches for three missing Israeli teens who Israel believes Hamas kidnapped last week.

The arrests early Tuesday brought the total number of Palestinians detained since the kidnapping to over 200, most of them Hamas activists. It’s the biggest West Bank crackdown on Hamas in almost a decade.

The latest arrests took place in the northern city of Nablus, widening the army’s search that had been focused on the southern city of Hebron. Activists from the Western-backed Palestinian president’s Fatah faction were among detained in the latest arrests.

Also, the military says Israeli warplanes struck four weapons manufacturing and storage sites in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, in response to a rocket launched from Gaza to Israel.

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